Doolan puts Stars' first

King's Lynn Stars' vice-captain Kevin Doolan bids to lead from the front again in tonight's Premier League clash against Newcastle before jetting out for his Swedish debut.

King's Lynn Stars' vice-captain Kevin Doolan bids to lead from the front again in tonight's Premier League clash against Newcastle before jetting out for his Swedish debut.

The inform Aussie rides for Getingarna in tomorrow's Allsvenskan League meeting at home to Team Bikab.

“It'll be good to gain some experience on the continent and it's another source of income,” he said. “I've been pestering them for about a year to give me a go. Craig Watson is contracted to the club but he's out injured at the moment - that and a couple of other circumstances have given me a chance.

“My average is now too high for guest bookings or Elite League rider replacement outings so my options in England are fairly limited.”


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Doolan heads straight to Somerset on his UK return for Lynn's Friday trip to the Oak Tree Arena before another derby firecracker at Mildenhall this Sunday.

“I'm normally quite a good traveller and I'd rather be busy that sat around,” he said. “I've just got to fly in, do a job, and fly back out. I have to be confident with how things are going. I'm lucky enough to have a good sponsorship base that allows me to score regularly in England and put some equipment together to ride in Sweden.”

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Doolan followed up his paid 17 Premier Trophy heroics at Newport with another double digit haul at Berwick in a 47-43 first leg KO Cup defeat - but the Aussie insists Lynn have yet to hit top gear.

“I'm a bit disappointed in our form so far,” he admitted. “I know we only lost by a small margin at Berwick - I just felt it was a meeting we could have won to set the ball rolling away from home. So far it seems two or three guys are firing every meeting and everybody else is just around their average or below.

“It's impossible to get everyone riding well every meeting but if you look at the final six weeks or so of last season that is where we need to be.”

Doolan attributes his own impressive early season scoring to hard graft.

“A lot of work goes on behind the scenes to make those four or five minutes on the other side of the fence worthwhile,” he said. “You need to learn things quickly which is where the younger guys can struggle.

“I spent a lot of time on different set ups last season. I tried so many things you end up confusing yourself and that is when you tend to get low scores.

“You also need the sponsorship behind you to be in a position to change equipment - I've took advantage of that this season. At Mildenhall the other week I didn't score very well so I went back into the shed and tried to build something that will hopefully go well around there. Without that backing it wouldn't be worth it for just the odd meeting.”

Parade 7.30pm. First race 7.45pm.

Stars: 1 Daniel Nermark, 2 Trevor Harding, 3 Troy Batchelor, 4 Kevin Doolan, 5 Tomas Topinka, 6 Chris Mills, 7 John Oliver.

Diamonds: 1 George Stancl, 2 Manuel Hauzinger, 3 Christian Henry, 4 Josef Franc, 5 James Grieves, 6 Adam McKinna, 7 Jamie Robertson.

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